Sarasota bibliophiles will have a larger bookstore to shop at
Sarasota/Bradenton, FL. — Goodwill Manasota will relocate its bookstore on 5880 Bee Ridge Rd. to 5831 Derek Ave. in Sarasota. Goodwill invites shoppers and donors to the grand opening celebration of the new bookstore on Thursday, May 8 at 9 a.m. There will be refreshments and drawings to win Goodwill gift certificates.
“It is exciting to open a new chapter for our bookstores,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “The opening of the Clark bookstore continues our tradition of making books affordable to readers of all ages and of our commitment to literacy.”
The new location is nearly 50 percent larger than the previous store at 2,000 square feet. It will feature more than 40,000 books, with more than 500 new titles stocked daily. In addition to selling books, the store will also offer DVDs and CDs. From spy novels to children’s books, from rare books to cookbooks, Sarasota and surrounding area residents will have more than double the amount of book titles to choose from, plus there will be a children’s corner with a reading nook.
“The community is very generous, donating new releases and best sellers that we are able to make available at reduced prices,” said Rosinsky.
The bookstore opened in 1999 and was the first free standing Goodwill bookstore. It has been a successful retail arm of Goodwill and has become known for its great selection of books as well as knowledgeable and friendly staff. The former bookstore will remain as a donation drop off center. Goodwill has two other bookstores located in Bradenton and Venice.
With Starbucks right next-door and books and coffee going hand in hand, Goodwill is offering a promotion for the grand opening. Visitors who present a Starbucks receipt will receive a 10 percent discount off one item. Likewise, coffee lovers will receive a 10 percent discount at Starbucks with a Goodwill bookstore receipt.
All proceeds from the bookstore and the retail stores support Goodwill’s mission of providing career services and job placement and training to the community with a focus on those with disabilities and other barriers to employment.
BOOKSTORE OPENING DETAILS:
Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Time: Beginning at 9 a.m.
Venue: Goodwill Bookstore – 5831 Derek Ave. Sarasota
Store hours: Monday to Saturday from 9am – 7pm, Sunday from 11am – 5pm
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2013, we served more than 16,000 people, placed 537 people in jobs and assisted 329 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $39.3 million. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill has provided opportunities through such programs as Donated Goods Employment Services, Job Connection, American Veterans & their Families Initiative, JobsPlus, Supported JobsPlus, GoodwillWorks, White Glove Services, Good Neighbor Program and Ambassadors Program. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 37 million pounds out of the landfill. Goodwill Manasota is legally organized under the laws of the United States and the State of Florida. We are accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is NOT owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit EXPERIENCEGOODWILL.ORG.